Let’s face it- camping is not for everybody. Some people are just not keen on sacrificing creature comforts such as Wi-Fi and a plush bed to cozy into at night, but are still interested in connecting with mother earth. Cue the concept of ‘glamping’– a portmanteau for glamour and camping that combines the experience of staying in the great outdoors without having to sacrifice those creature comforts we have become so accustomed to.
With patchworked farmlands as far as the eye can see, soaring cliffs peeking out from the majestic Atlantic waves, vibrants cities with welcoming people eager to share tales of Irish history, and the quaint country villages, few places are better for a first time glamping getaway than the beautiful country of Ireland. Not so surprisingly then, there are already plenty of options for Glamping all around the country. Here are 5 of the best places to go glamping in Ireland:
These cozy gypsy caravans are set amidst a 100-acre farm just north of Rathdrum and relatively close to Glendalough. The land adjoins a wildlife sanctuary forest that serves as the perfect place for scenic walks and excellent fishing along the Avonmore River (So don’t forget your CC Moore fishing equipment). Gypsy caravans are all whimsically decorated and feature a comfortable beds and a small kitchenette for visitor convenience.
These eco-friendly yurts are perfectly cozy with their wood-burning stoves, invitingly warm interiors, and each has a complimentary wood basket for the stove. Tucked away on a hillside, these yurts feature stunning views of Lough Swilly, Mulroy Bay, Knockalla Mountain, and Inishowen Peninsula. Visitors can explore over 18 acres of local wildlife and a breathtaking coastal settings, and the local village Portsalon has three miles of delightful sandy beaches.The property also features a small organic garden, which produces a variety of fruit, vegetables, and flowers, and guests can enjoy fresh eggs from the free-range chickens on site. Guests will have access to the lounge building, which features a small library with a roaring fire, Wi-Fi, electrical outlets, and a kitchen.
These gorgeous bell tents epitomize glamping, with their super sleek and luxury amenities, yet with a world class location for all things outdoors. These magical bell tents feature and adjoining tent containing a private bathroom and organic, eco-friendly toiletries. The rental also comes with a hot tub, a fire pit, and a barbecue for the guests to enjoy. Located in Wicklow, the tents are just an under an hour outside Dublin which allows guests to enjoy privacy and serenity while still being only a short trip away from the excitement of the city.
These cozy glamping pods are perfect for any first time glamper as their naturally beautiful rural location in Northern Ireland will leave guests feeling totally immersed in nature, however they will be surprised to know that they are in fact conveniently close to many lovely villages such as Rostrevor. These pods themselves are settled right on the slopes of the Mourne Mountains, so guests will enjoy great views of Knockbarragh Valley and Carlingford Lough during their nature retreat.
These eco-friendly cozy shepherd huts are settled on an organic farm in Ireland, overlooking the Slane Castle, rolling meadows, and dense woodlands. The sit they are located on offers a communal building with toilets, hot showers, a dining area, and a self-catering kitchen. There is also a deck area with outlets and a comfortable lounge area with a wood-burning stove and an iPad docking station.
Outside, there is a wood-burning hot tub, barbecue facilities, a clay oven for pizza, a fire pit, a tree swing, and an outdoor seating area. There is also a large green area for games, and guests have private river access for swimming.
So, long gone are the days when you have to sacrifice experience over comfort, as you truly can have it all when you go glamping, as it is truly the perfect compromise for those to experience nature in the most comfortable and convenient manner.
This is a post is produced by Giovanna Tapia